Nepal's female farmers talk of climate change
The Third Pole
Climate change, as a global phenomenon, is hard to imagine. Those affected by it, and those finding ways to adapt, are often lost behind the demands of activists and the promises of governments. In the South Asian Himalayan region the faces of those people are overwhelmingly the faces of women. As men travel to the cities and even overseas to work, women now make up the majority of the labour on farms.
The agriculture sector bears the brunt of climate change related effects – with more floods and droughts, new insects and diseases. To cope with these problems, women are exploiting new technologies, using new plants and changing the way that they approach work and labour.
For The Third Pole, I produced this video where women farmers outside Kathmandu tell their stories about the battle against the effects of climate change.